Identity

If I was to extend my arm through the internet and through your screen and punch you in the face you would feel the pain (if it was a good punch).  That’s because your physical system is designed to identify the pain as your own so your physical system can react to the situation and protect you.

It’s this process of identification that allows your body to react quickly to a situation.  It’s set up that way to protect you.  If it was simply you thinking that there was some pain somewhere that is the result of a physical process and when the process stops the pain will also stop, then you might be a bit slow to react to the fist heading your way.  But because you identify it as your pain you act quickly.

The pain is not “yours” it does not belong to you and it does not identify you.  The pain is just the result of a process that needs you to identify with it so that it is fully effective.

Because your system is set up this way you also identify many other physical processes as yours and identify yourself based on these processes when in fact they are not you at all but just things that happen to you through the process of your system.

Your mental processes and thoughts are designed in the same way so that you identify the process as “yours”.

If I was to extend my thoughts through the internet and onto your screen and insult you to your face you would feel the pain of the insult (if it was a good insult).  That’s because your mental system is designed to identify the pain as your own so your mental system can react to the situation and protect you.

It’s this process of identification that allows your system to react quickly to a situation.  It’s set up that way to protect you.  If it was simply you thinking that there was some pain somewhere that is the result of a mental process and when the process stops the pain will also stop, then you might be a bit slow to react to the insult heading your way.  But because you identify it as your pain you act quickly.

The mental pain is not “yours” it does not belong to you and it does not identify you.  The pain is just the result of a process that needs you to identify with it so that it is fully effective.

Because your system is set up this way you also identify many other mental processes as yours and identify yourself based on these processes when in fact they are not you at all but just things that happen to you through the process of your system.

Your spiritual processes are designed in the same way so that you identify the process as “yours”.  This part is more difficult to conceptualise but it does work in the same way.

If I was to extend my spirit through the internet and onto your screen and try to convince you to rob a bank and hold a gun to the teller’s face you would feel the pain of your conscience (if it was a convincing argument).  That’s because your spiritual system is designed to identify the pain as your own so your spiritual system can react to the situation and protect you.

It’s this process of identification that allows your system to react quickly to a situation.  It’s set up that way to protect you.  If it was simply you thinking that there was some pain somewhere that is the result of a process and when the process stops the pain will also stop, then you might be a bit slow to react to the spiritual dilemma heading your way.  But because you identify it as your pain you act quickly.

The spiritual pain is not “yours” it does not belong to you and it does not identify you.  The pain is just the result of a process that needs you to identify with it so that it is fully effective.

Because your system is set up this way you also identify many other spiritual processes as yours and identify yourself based on these processes when in fact they are not you at all but just things that happen to you through the process of your system.

The physical sensations you feel do not identify you, and the mental thoughts you think do not identify you and the spiritual issues you face do not identify you.  “You” are apart from all of those, even though all of those are a part of you.

So then just who are you?

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